Why You Need To Listen To Julia Michaels

Julia Michaels is an American singer songwriter, who is probably best known for her song 'Issues', which reached number 11 in the US Billboard charts. 

Image from Rolling Stones, by Clare Gillen

Last week saw the release of her latest EP, Inner Monologue Part 1.

This EP features star-studded collaborations with Selena Gomez and Niall Horan.

The tracklist is as follows:

  1. Anxiety (with Selena Gomez)
  2. Into You 
  3. Happy 
  4. Deep 
  5. Apple
  6. What A Time (with Niall Horan)

I recently discovered this music after Spotify decided to play her on shuffle, but, for once, it was a welcome random selection. 

Anxiety sees Gomez and Michaels talk openly about their struggles with their mental health and how this has affected their relationship with their friends. It is an extremely honest song and definitely a thought provoking one for an opening. Image from Getty Images: Emma McIntyre 

Into You documents her struggles about avoiding a past boyfriend, whereas Happy is an honest reflection on her past relationships. This is followed by Deep, a song which reflects on how a new love interest is changing her negative attitude. Apple is probably the most different song in comparison to the rest of the EP, as it is more of a pop genre that may be interpreted as being chart relevant. 

The last song on the EP, What A Time, sees Michaels collaborate with Horan, where they each tell the tale of a broken love story. 

This EP tackles some hard hitting issues and definitely does not skirt around reality.

I look forward to the second installment of Internal Monologue.Image from Stereoboard